“For 90 percent of the people in the world, the need to buy Microsoft Word just vanished”

So says Michael Robertson, creator of MP3.com and the man behind desktop linux system Linspire. His latest wheeze? A slew of AJAX applications, the first of which is an online Word-type program called ajaxWrite. According to Mr. R:

ajaxWrite is a powerful word processor that can read and write Microsoft Word formatted documents. Anytime you need a word processor, need to open a .doc file or edit a .doc file, simply point your Firefox browser at ajaxWrite.com and in seconds a full-featured program will be loaded.

I’d quibble with “seconds” (at least today) and it misbehaves in my beta of Firefox, but it’s certainly interesting…